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Curtis Granderson (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: What Is It About The Mets That Stars Continually Become Busts?

So if it’s not just a matter of the physical, what about the metaphysical? Do the Mets foster a losing culture? Do new players arrive as optimists and leave as cynics?

08/28/2014

The New York Islanders Stanley Cup Championship banners are shown during the game against the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 29, 2008 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Friedman: Pressure To Spend, Make Brooklyn Move Work, Will Be Squarely On Islanders’ New Owners

“What a long, strange trip it’s been.” Of course, those Grateful Dead lyrics aren’t in reference to the Islanders’ ownership situation, but they might as well be. It’s been twist and turn after twist and turn for this franchise.

08/28/2014

Dimitri Patterson signed with the Jets as a free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Dolphins. (credit: Getty Images)

Jets’ Patterson Says He Never Went AWOL, Allegations Are ‘Completely False’

“As it relates to my whereabouts, and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative, is completely false,” Patterson wrote.

08/28/2014

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Sheldon Richardson: Eli Doesn’t Trust His O-Line, Is ‘Watching The Rush’

“Got some kinks to work out,” Richardson said. “You can notice that stuff, little stuff like that. It’s to the point where he don’t trust his offensive line that much, ’cause he’s watching the rush.”

08/28/2014

Wayne Gretzky (Credit: Getty Images)

Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 99-90

Every week, we’ll rank the best players in local sports history by uniform/jersey number, in sets of 10. So with that said, let’s start from the top. Here are 99-90.

08/28/2014

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees, right, acknowledges the fans at Comerica Park as his father Sanderson Jeter, sister Sharlee Jeter and Detroit Tigers President Dave Dombrowski look on during his retirement ceremony before their game against the Detroit Tigers on August 27, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

WATCH: Derek Jeter’s Little Nephew Tips Cap To Comerica Park Crowd

Derek Jeter was given two seats from Tiger Stadium during a ceremony before the New York Yankees played Detroit on Wednesday night.

08/28/2014

Sloane Stephens of the United States return a shot against Johanna Larsson of Sweden during her women's singles second round match on Day Three of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2014. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Liguori: Stephens Doesn’t Look Hungry Enough In Earliest Exit At US Open

Sloane Stephens has carried the burden of being considered the possible successor to top- ranked Serena Williams for a while now. It’s either too much pressure for her, she’s not hungry enough or she doesn’t want it bad enough.

08/27/2014

Chris Young (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Heyman: Yankees Sign Ex-Met Chris Young To Minor League Deal

He flamed out during his first stint in New York, but Chris Young may soon get another chance.

08/27/2014

Eli Manning poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Keidel: Unbelievably, Eli Remains The Most Under-Appreciated QB In NFL History

At the risk of redundancy, we enter another NFL season with a decorated quarterback trying to prove himself. Evidently, two Super Bowl rings don’t ring as loudly as they used to.

08/27/2014

Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera #3 (L) of the Washington Nationals plays in short right field while employing a defensive shift with teammates Jayson Werth (2nd L, in right field) and first baseman Adam LaRoche against Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning of a 4-0 Nationals win at Nationals Park on August 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Why Do Hitters Continue To Try To Beat The Shift?

It’s the offense’s move. I suspect we will not see a major reaction or response from batters this year, not as long as they stubbornly insist on making hard outs rather than trying for soft hits.

08/27/2014

The Space Needle is decorated with a flag for the Seattle Seahawks and there NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers at Quest Field in Seattle, Washington on Jan. 22, 2006. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Top 12 Potential NHL Expansion Scenarios

Though the NHL has denied the latest expansion report, it’s always fun to analyze which cities “deserve” or “don’t deserve” to have teams.

08/27/2014

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks reacts on the sidelines during the game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on August 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 34-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Seahawks, 49ers Prove That Old-School Football Can Still Dominate

These two teams will almost certainly get off to the same kind of starts that they got off to last year. In addition to being very talented, both are extremely physical and tough.

08/27/2014

Antrel Rolle (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Antrel Rolle Not At All Happy That Giants Cut CB Charles James

Safety Antrel Rolle was not at all happy about his organization’s decision to cut ties with the 24-year-old, and he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind about the matter.

08/27/2014

J.R. Smith (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith: ‘I’m On Pace To Be One Of The Best Shooters’ Of All Time

The shooting guard’s latest episode is harmless, although some might find it a tad over the top. The 28-year-old Knick took to Instagram to pat himself on the back and proclaim his greatness.

08/27/2014